It is unlawful to have any wildlife contained or kept. Wildlife Rehabilitators are specifically trained to care for native wild animals and permitted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to rehabilitate them and return them as wild animals back to the wild. If you have a wild animal that is compromised, whether injured, sick or orphaned, call the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center to arrange to have them admitted and treated. Go to www.pawr.com to locate a rehabilitator in or near your area.
Learn about natural behavior of animals through Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Wildlife Notes”. www.pgc.pa.gov
Educate children to respect and appreciate wild animals, watch from a distance and ask an adult relative if there is a question on whether the animal needs help.
Keep domestic cats indoors as pets
Be alert when driving.
Slow down when seeing an animal on or near the road.
When a large bird is on a road killed animal, it may not leave.
Be aware of movements during evening hours and at night.
Pick up fishing line, hooks and sinkers on or near shorelines
Bury wildlife that has been shot, to ensure another animals does not eat and ingest lead fragments
Pick up litter, such as plastic items, and string, that may be harmful to wildlife
Clean bird feeders monthly and ash with 10-15% bleach/water solution
Put bird deterrents on windows to prevent birds from flying into the windows
Opossums are scavengers and clean up roadkill and other dead animals. They also eat ticks that may carry the Lyme disease that are harmful to pets and humans.
Squirrels bury seeds that help restore the woods
Bats eat flying insects that could be harmful to humans
Skunks eat ground bugs and larva that could eventually be harmful to humans
Owls, hawks, falcons, eagles and turkey vultures are scavengers and help clean up our environment from becoming disease ridden.
Signs that an animal is sick or injured that need immediate attention:
- Having trouble breathing
- Flies, larva or bugs on or around animal
- Feathers or fur missing
- Unable to stand or walk without stumbling or falling
- Wing drooping
- Dragging an extremity
For birds of all sizes, prepare a sturdy box, a little larger than the animal, by poking holes in the sides for ventilation. For strong animals such as woodchucks, or squirrels that can chew through cardboard, you can use a metal container. Place the box or container over the animal. Take a sturdy flat piece of material that is slightly larger than the base of the box or container, and carefully slide it under. You may need to use a zig-zag motion to get the animal to step up on the flat piece, or use the box or container to push the animal onto the flat piece. Secure the box or container to the flat piece by using strong tape, such as duct or packaging tape. Place one hand on top of the box, and one hand underneath the flat piece to carry. Place the box in a dark, warm, quiet and undisturbed place.
Do not attempt to give the animal food or water. nor peek into the box or container.
Locate a wildlife rehabilitator at www.pawr.com to have the animal admitted.